Fundamentals of Immersion

Jun 05

Peggy showed me some of her primary sources in her research. She has an old folio of translated Greek writings – apparently it’s the only copy that exists. She showed me some of the translations and her notes on them, as well as the notes made by the fellow who originally made the translations.

I’ll be uploading Peggy’s annotations to the translations to her website. In the meantime, here is the abstract to her dissertation.

The first part reverse-engineers the theories of Therodius (c.250 BCE) who was the first to posit the literal existence of a realm of fiction. Therodius, who was primarily concerned with the Grecian theatre of his day, wrote that the act of Conjuration (what we today would call sub-creation, or simply writing fiction) was impossible, as human beings lacked the perspective to imagine anything that did not already exist. He pointed to the fantastical stories of the Grecian mythology, arguing that such outlandish tales widely accepted as gospel suggested a common origin. His last surviving writings imagine a literal realm of the gods where Conjuration of new stories occurs and are transmitted “askance” (λοξώς) to human minds. He further suggests that the Conjured material can “leak” (διαρροή) should there be no minds open to receive them, and points to such phenomena as the Bacchian orgia as examples of this.

The second part explores contemporary communication modes through the lens of Therodius’ conjectures. It explores the semiotics of conversation, with an eye to what must remain unsaid in the name of clear communication. It examines the calculus of communication, exploring the range of information we are able to draw from when making decisions, how our decisions are rendered into reality, and how the discarded information continues to exert an influence on us, unbeknownst.

The third part explores known methods for transcending the brain and achieving a higher mode of consciousness, including hypnotism, psychotropic medication, and sensory deprivation. It also explores and summarizes the results of practical research.

The fourth part summarizes the core taxonomy of the research. Our perception is like a bubble, formed of the decisions we made using the information available to us, immersed in an endless ocean of discarded or incorrect information. Our “non-fictional” world exists in contrast and opposition to the “fiction”. Our world is finite while the fiction is endless. Reality, non-fiction, truth, it all must define itself against what it is not. Therefore, that which does not exist must exist in some form, somewhere.

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